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PS Plus vs. Xbox Games With Gold: Which Free Games Win January?

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PS Plus vs. Xbox Games With Gold: Which Free Games Win January?

Starting 2018 on the right note.

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PS PLUS VS. XBOX GAMES WITH GOLD: WHICH FREE GAMES WIN January?

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Sony is kicking off 2018 with a PS Plus free game lineup that makes a serious impression. The big headline is Deus Ex Mankind Divided, the sequel title to Human Revolution from Eidos Montreal. Although it never quite reached the dizzying heights of its predecessor, Mankind Divided is still a deft combination of eerie cyberpunk and a superb stealth mechanics. Fan-favorite Adam Jensen returns as the main protagonist, this time as an Interpol agent based in future Prague, Czech Republic. The game earned critical acclaim for its polished gameplay and excellent world-building. Don’t miss out on this one.

Telltale’s Batman comprises the second game for December, and it’s one of the better stories the developer has crafted over the past few years. It ends up being a refreshingly inventive take on what is at this point fairly well-trodden ground. Notably, players spend a good deal of time both as Bruce Wayne, not just the Dark Knight, but the game gives you the option of which persona you’d prefer to tackle pivotal story moments as.

Over on PS3, Sacred 3 and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 are the month’s two free games. Neither of these titles are especially highly regarded, but they offer two very different sorts of experiences. Sacred 3 is a competent if somewhat flawed brawler with RPG elements, but its co-op play is decent enough that it’s worth the download to enjoy with a buddy. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, on the other hand, is a point and click adventure game that has earned praise for its tongue-in-cheek dialogue and self-aware fantasy narrative.

Both of January’s PS Vita games are Cross Buy with PS4, so you won’t need Sony’s portable console to enjoy Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness and Uncanny Valley. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness is a visual novel, held in fairly high regard for a plot full of twists and turns, depicting an interesting cast of characters. Uncanny Valley is an indie horror adventure game that employs survival and packed with tricky puzzles. 

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Alex has a BA in Political Science and English Writing, but he's also a self-proclaimed history and meteorological expert. He loves cyberpunk and fantasy, and RPGs are kind of his thing too.

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